Despite the intense heat, locals gathered on Saturday afternoon in the parking lot near State Senator Roxanne Persaud’s District Office, 1222 East 96th Street, to continue their spring cleaning of unwanted papers and electronics.
Residents attended the Paper Shredding and E-Waste Recycling Event, with shredding services conducted by Data-struction, Inc., to dispose of their documents and electronic items in a safe, secure and eco-friendly manner. The event was organized by Senator Persaud in collaboration with Congressman Hakeem Jeffries, Assemblywomen Jaime Williams, Helene Weinstein and Nikki Lucas, and Councilwoman Mercedes Narcisse, in association with the New York City Sanitation Department and the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).
“It’s about making sure people’s information is shredded in a safe environment,” said Persaud. “If people just tear something up and throw it in the garbage, they don’t realize that people can still put it together, get their information, recreate their identity and apply for credit cards, etc. That’s the reason why we continuously do this.”
Bags of food supplies, personal protective equipment and at-home COVID self tests were distributed to the attendees. Sanitation and DEP were also present to offer tips on how to properly recycle and and provide reusable bags and insulated water bottles.
“This is really a great service. Lots of us have stuff in the house that we don’t really need,” said Ann Hendricks, who came to the event with her husband. “I’m glad to be here to release some of my paper garbage. So, thanks to Senator Persaud and to all those who came together to put this event on for the community.”